Etienne Capoue called the Anfield Stadium like a hell. This was said by Capoue ahead of the duel Liverpool vs Villarreal in the semifinals of the Champions League .
Villarreal in the semifinals of the Champions League . Villarreal will travel to Liverpool’s headquarters for the 2021-2022 Champions League semifinal first leg.
The Liverpool vs Villarreal match will be held at Anfield Stadium on Wednesday (27/4/2022) evening local time or Thursday. For Etienne Capoue, the Anfield Stadium which is the home of Liverpool’s pride is not a foreign place.
The French defensive midfielder once felt the Anfield atmosphere when he played for two Premier League clubs, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford.
Capoue’s last four visits to Anfield he played with Watford. As a result, all matches ended in defeat with a total aggregate goal of 1-18 for Liverpool.
That bad experience made Capoue describe the Anfield atmosphere as hell.
“Anfield is hell. You have to say it for what it is. It is hell,” said Etienne Capoue in an interview with AFP , quoted by Yahoo News .
“It’s the worst stadium I’ve ever been to in England. Whether it’s the atmosphere or the way they (Liverpool) play. For 90 minutes, you will live in hell,” added the 33-year-old player.
“They have the ability to go beyond themselves, to cause problems all the time in every part of the pitch,” Capoue said of Liverpool’s style of play every time at Anfield.
Etienne Capoue himself left Watford to join Villarreal in the winter transfer window last year.
Capoue successfully helped The Yellow Submarine, nicknamed Villarreal, win the Europa League last season after beating Manchester United in the final.
Now, Villarreal managed to climb the Champions League semifinals . On the way, Etienne Capoue et al were able to eject two top teams, namely Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Even so, Capoue realized that Villarreal remained the underdog team in the Champions League semifinals this season.
“We don’t care. We know we are the underdogs . Nobody will say we are favourites,” said Capoue.
“Winning the Champions League? We don’t have the courage to say we can win it.”
“We are the smallest club in the semifinals. We are also the smallest club in the quarter-finals. We are just on a happy road, and (if we lose) we have nothing to lose,” said Capoue.
Meanwhile, this match will be Villarreal’s third encounter with Liverpool in European club competition.
Previously, the two teams had met in the semifinals of the 2015-16 Europa League. At that time, Liverpool managed to beat Villarreal with a 3-1 aggregate victory.